Audiences come to Supercrawl to enjoy a weekend of music, art, fashion, theatre, food, street vendors, family fun and circus spectacle, and they do so in large numbers. The 2018 festival attracted more than 250,000 visitors, so it’s a good idea to anticipate crowds Supercrawl 2019 and plan accordingly. Organizers want to make sure that all festival-goers have convenient options and plenty of choice when it comes to getting here and getting around. With that in mind, here re some tips.
Street closures will begin Thursday September 12 from 1:00am on James St. N. from King to Wilson/York (Wilson/York remains open on Thursday for east-west traffic), Wilson/York to Cannon (Cannon remains open to westbound traffic), Cannon to Barton (Barton remains open to east-west traffic), and Barton to Strachan (Strachan remains open to east-west traffic). Additional closures will take place on King William, Rebecca, Vine, Mulberry, Colbourne and Murray Streets. Thursday September 13 from 1:00am, York Blvd/Wilson St. will be closed from Park to Hughson (MacNab will remain open to north/south traffic). York/Wilson will reopen to through traffic on Monday September 16 at 1am. All other above road closures will remain in effect until 5:00am on Monday September 16.
The south end of Supercrawl’s festival corridor (James & King) is 2-3 blocks northwest of the Hamilton GO Centre and the north end (James & Murray) is beside the new West Harbour GO Station. GO Trains on the Lakeshore West line run from Union Station every 30 minutes, with bus connections between Aldershot GO Station and Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO.
On the evening of Friday September 13: GO trains run from Toronto to West Harbour GO and Hamilton GO Centre in the evening rush hour, with several departures from Union Station between 4:00pm and 6:30pm. Note: There is no eastbound GO Train service out of Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO during Supercrawl festival hours. Eastbound train service from Hamilton station resumes Monday September 16.
MORE TRANSIT OPTIONS
Frequent GO Buses run between Union Station Bus Terminal and Hamilton GO Centre. GO Buses also run between York University and Square One Bus Terminal and the Hamilton GO Centre.
Hamilton/Toronto Express Bus service between Union Station and Hamilton GO Centre runs regularly throughout the day, with the final outbound buses departing at 11:00pm, 11:30pm and 12:30am.
407 West bus service runs between Square One & York University and Hamilton GO Centre every half-hour until 10:30pm Friday and 10:00pm Saturday/Sunday, making stops at the Oakville, Meadowvale, Streetsville and Bramalea GO Stations as well as four Park & Rides along Hwy. 407.
Throughout Supercrawl, the Hamilton/Richmond Hill Pearson Express connects to Hamilton GO Centre with hourly arrivals and departures until 2:20am, making stops at the Hwy 407 Park & Ride, Square One GO Terminal, Dixie & Renforth Transitways, Pearson Airport and Richmond Hill Centre.
Lakeshore West bus service connects Hamilton GO Centre to Aldershot GO Station, providing access to Lakeshore West GO Train service outside of weekday rush hour as well as convenient connections for VIA Rail and Amtrak Maple Leaf passengers.
Detailed information on GO schedules can be found at gotransit.com.
The Hamilton Street Railway’s MacNab Transit Terminal, located a block west of Supercrawl, hosts HSR Mountain routes 21-27, 33, 35. Crosstown service is just as convenient: Eastbound HSR routes 1, 5, 10 & 51 stop by the south end of the MacNab Terminal; westbound HSR routes 1, 5, 10, 51 & 52 stop at the terminal’s north end.
The HSR’s 1 King will be running enhanced service in the west end, between downtown Hamilton and University Plaza on Friday Sept 13 and Saturday Sept 14, with service every 20 minutes between 6:30pm and 10:00pm, and every 15 minutes from 10pm to 1am.
Burlington Transit’s 1X and 101 bus routes also stop in downtown Hamilton, and offer connections to the Burlington GO Station. All Burlington Transit regular service routes are serviced by an accessible bus.
Triplinx, the official trip planner and transportation information resource for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, can help you travel around the region via transit. Planning your trip is easy: Simply enter your starting location and where you want to go, and Triplinx will tell you how to get there. It offers travellers wheelchair-accessible trip plans and info on paratransit providers across the GTHA. You can also find transit schedule, fare, service and other useful information you may need before you go.
Hamilton’s bike share system will get you to Supercrawl! SoBi Hamilton has a fleet of more than 825 smart bikes at over 130 hubs throughout the city, including West Harbour GO Station, James and Mulberry, York and MacNab, Gore Park and Hamilton GO Centre. SoBi Hamilton is affordable and convenient — you can sign up at sobihamilton.ca or at a kiosk at the GO Station hubs. The hourly (pay as you go) option is recommended for visitors who want to ride in style to Supercrawl. A SoBi Hamilton Superhub will be available near the heart of the festival. If travelling from downtown, the two-way protected bike lanes along Cannon St will get you there quickly and safely. Supercrawl is only minutes away by bike from either GO Station and the MacNab Transit Terminal.
Supercrawl encourages those traveling to the festival by automobile from out of town to use the City of Hamilton’s York Boulevard Parkade, entering from Vine St., located on the south side of the road just after MacNab St. N., near the heart of the festival. This parking lot costs only $10 for the day, has a capacity of roughly 800 vehicles and contains an EV charging station with two Sun Country Highway Chargers (CS40, 30 amp) and 3 Chargepoint EV charging stations on level 1B. The York Parkade can be reached by the following means:
• From Toronto/Niagara: Exit off the QEW Hamilton onto York Blvd. Follow York until Bay St. and turn left. Turn right onto Vine St.. The parking lot will be on the right hand side after MacNab St..
• From London/Brantford: Exit off the 403 onto Main St. E. Follow Main St. until Bay St. and turn left. Turn right onto Vine St.. The parking lot will be on the right hand side after MacNab St.
Aside from the Vine St. parking lot, there are a number of inexpensive parking lots operated by the City of Hamilton within a short walk of Supercrawl — you’ll find a map here — as well as abundant surface parking within a two-block walk that will be open for business Thursday, Friday and Saturday.